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Statement of Faith

We believe both the Old and New Testaments to be the complete, verbally inspired Word of God. They are inerrant and infallible. The Holy Bible is the final authority on matters of faith and life.

We believe in one God, eternally existent in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He created everything from nothing, and for his own pleasure and purpose.

We believe that man was created in the image of God. When sin entered the world in the Garden of Eden, Adam caused all mankind to be sentenced to both physical and spiritual death.

(We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as a male or female at the time of conception. These two distinct, complementary genders, together, reflect the image and nature of God. Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person. We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. We believe any form of sexual immorality is sinful and offensive to God.)

Because of sin, man became alienated from God and incapable of remedying his sinful condition by his own means.

We believe the Lord Jesus Christ was conceived in the Virgin Mary’s womb by the Holy Spirit. Upon conception, Jesus became both fully human and fully the divine nature of God the Son. We believe the Lord Jesus Christ lived a sinless and perfect life that fully pleased God the Father.

Jesus died on a cross for the sins of those He came to save. He bore the judgment demanded by God’s holy justice against sin, so that God remains just and also justifies those who believe in Jesus. The Lord Jesus Christ rose bodily from the dead, never to die again, and He ascended to the right hand of the Father. There, He intercedes as High Priest and advocates on behalf of all who believe in Him.

We believe that salvation is totally accomplished by God’s grace alone. The new birth is the sovereign work of the Holy Spirit; this work is independent of any human worth or merit. God’s gracious work results in saving faith in Christ alone. Although never perfect in this life, true believers are eternally secure in Christ and will persevere in faith, being progressively conformed into the image of Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit until they are brought home to glory.

We believe that the Holy Spirit baptizes all true believers into one church: the body of Christ. The Holy Spirit permanently indwells believers and seals them for their future inheritance. He also empowers them for service and holy living.

We believe the Scriptures alone have given us everything pertaining to life and godliness. They include instruction in righteousness for present sanctification and a persevering life of faith to bring glory to God.

We believe that Jesus will return to earth in power and glory and He will establish His kingdom and rule over the nations to the glory of God the Father. The final dwelling place of the triune God will be with his people in the new heavens and new earth. God’s people will forever behold His glory in Jesus’s face.

Orchard Scholé will teach its classes through a protestant lens. We affirm the Five Solas. These sola statements clarify what we mean by the gospel—the good news of Jesus Christ. 

Salvation is a gift of God’s grace alone. No amount of human effort is required in addition to this gift (Ephesians 2:8-9). When a person receives grace, he or she has been justified. All sins, past and future, have been covered by the work of Jesus’ atoning sacrifice on the cross.

Salvation is received by faith alone. No additional works are required (Romans 3:28). Only the work of Christ’s death and resurrection are sufficient for satisfying the penalty (death) God justly pronounces on all sinners (everyone). His work on the cross is final; therefore, no one can continue the work of salvation. By faith, we walk in obedience, doing good works because we desire to please our Heavenly Father. Christ’s righteousness is imputed to believers through faith; baptism is not required to accomplish this transaction (Romans 5:1-2).

Salvation is found in Christ alone. No additional human authority is needed to grant our salvation (Acts 4:12). Jesus Christ is our High Priest, and, as believers, we are allowed direct access to the throne of grace (Hebrews 4:14,16). Christ is our only mediator (1 Tim. 2:5).

Salvation is in accordance with the scriptures alone. All that is needed for eternal life is found within the Old and New Testament’s pages, which we hold as the only inerrant, sufficient, and final authority of the church (2 Timothy 3:15-17). Church government serves only to teach and uphold the scriptures—with the help of the Holy Spirit—not to add to them.

Salvation is for God’s glory alone. No man or woman shares in the glory of this saving work, though God allows us the privilege of partaking in this kingdom work (Revelation 15:4, 1 Corinthians 10:31). 

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